Rail-booking specialist Loco2.com has announced tickets are now available to book for an additional daily direct TGV train from Paris to Barcelona.
The fourth service will be added to the timetable on 6 July.
The new direct TGV train from Paris to Barcelona was launched in December 2013, quickly becoming one of Loco2’s top-selling routes.
Prior to the launch of the high-speed service, the trip between two of Europe’s most popular cities took almost 12 hours via night train. The launch of the direct TGV train service was a “watershed moment for train travel in Europe”, according to Mark Smith, the train expert behind popular website, Seat61.com.
Tickets from Paris to Barcelona are available on Loco2.com from just £53/£106 one-way/return, or £92/£175 from London, standard class.
It had been hoped that the timing of the new service would offer more choice for travellers from London – until now the earliest departure it was possible to connect with left Paris just after 2pm. While the new train improves the situation, the 10.07 departure cuts it very fine for customers leaving London on the first Eurostar train of the day, with just a 50-minute interchange in Paris. Although it is possible to travel between Gare du Nord and Gare de Lyon in this amount of time, Loco2 usually recommends allowing at least an hour to make the connection.
Paris to Barcelona TGV service
* From 6 July, the direct TGV trains run from Paris to Barcelona at 07.15, 10.07 (new), 14.07 and 16.07; and from Barcelona to Paris at 06.05 (new), 09.20, 13.20 and 16.20.
* Booking is open to 31 August, a special summer extension of the usual three-month booking horizon.